Enjoy the sunny days with awesome activities that’ll make your summer shine. From chilling at the beach to grooving at music festivals, there’s plenty to keep you entertained. Explore new spots and cool shops to add some excitement to your summer days. Check out these five activities happening this weekend to help soak up the sun!
An Ode to Spanish Dance in Skokie
Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, in residence at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, is an internationally acclaimed dance company renowned for its vibrant and authentic performances of Spanish and Flamenco dance. Celebrating its 47th anniversary, the ensemble brings together a talented group of dancers, musicians, and choreographers who showcase the rich cultural heritage of Spain through their electrifying performances. With their precise footwork, intricate rhythms, and passionate expressions, the dancers transport audiences to the heart of Spain, evoking the spirit of traditional and contemporary Spanish dance forms.
Date: June 16-18
Time: 3PM and 7:30PM
Location: North Shore Center for Performing Arts, 9501 N Skokie Blvd, Skokie
More info: northshorecenter.org
Lauryn Hill Live at Ravinia
Ravinia, the renowned outdoor music venue nestled in Highland Park, Illinois, presents a night of extraordinary talent with A Special Evening with Ms. Lauryn Hill. This highly anticipated concert showcases the incredible artistry and soulful performances of the iconic Ms. Lauryn Hill. From her critically acclaimed solo album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” to her electrifying performances with the Fugees, her influence on the music industry is undeniable.
Date: June 17
Location: Ravinia Festival, 201 Ravinia Park Rd, Highland Park
More info: ravinia.org
Honor Freedom at the Juneteenth Parade
Celebrate freedom and unity at the 4th Annual Juneteenth Parade: Freedom Is Ours in Evanston. This vibrant and empowering event commemorates the historic Juneteenth holiday, marking the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States. Join the lively parade as it winds through the streets of Evanston, bringing together community members, organizations, and performers to honor the struggles and triumphs of African Americans throughout history. Don’t miss this inspiring and joyous event that unites people in the spirit of liberation and progress.
Date: June 17
Location: Robert Crown Community Center, 1801 Main St, Evanston
More info: eventbrite.com
Rock the Village at Winnetka Music Festival
The Winnetka Music Festival is a dynamic and vibrant celebration of music that brings the community together for a weekend of unforgettable performances and entertainment. With multiple stages hosting both local and nationally recognized artists, attendees can immerse themselves in a rich tapestry of live music while enjoying the scenic outdoor setting. In addition to the captivating performances, the festival offers a variety of food vendors, artisanal vendors, and family-friendly activities, creating a festive and inclusive atmosphere for people of all ages.
Date: June 16-17
Time: Fri 5:30-10:30PM; Sat 11AM-10:30PM
Location: 620 Lincoln Ave, Winnetka
More info: winnetkamusicfestival.com
Legendary Tunes Revived at SPACE
Prepare to be transported back in time as the talented musicians of John Meads True Believers make a triumphant return to SPACE. This time, they are accompanied by the captivating vocals of Judith Weirauch, as they pay homage to the legendary Janis Joplin in their tribute show, Tell Mama. From Joplin’s early days with Big Brother and the Holding Company to her iconic solo album “Pearl,” this performance covers the incredible journey of Joplin’s career.
Date: June 17
Location: SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave, Evanston
More info: ticketweb.com